Effect of simultaneous excitation of singlet and triplet excitons on the operation of organic solar cells

Monishka Narayan, Jai Singh

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    Abstract

    Primary steps of exciton formation in organic solar cells are presented here. The rates of absorption of photons to excite singlet and triplet excitons are derived using exciton-photon and exciton-spin-orbit-photon-interaction, respectively, as perturbation operators. In both singlet and triplet absorptions, the rates are found to depend on the absorption energy, excitonic Bohr radius, and the dielectric constant of the donor organic material. Incorporation of heavy metal atoms enhances the exciton-spin-orbit-photon interaction and hence the rate of excitation of triplet excitons because it depends on the square of the heaviest atomic number. The new exciton-spin-orbit-photon interaction operator flips the spin to a singlet form leading to faster dissociation into charge carriers and resulting in higher photon to electron-hole pair conversion efficiency in organic solar cells.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)154515-1-154515-7
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Applied Physics
    Volume114
    Issue number15
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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